Situational awareness – August 14, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Count My Vote in court. London terror. Strzok out.


  • 56 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)
  • 63 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)
  • 70 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)
  • 77 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)
  • 79 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)
  • 84 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 167 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 212 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
  • 812 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


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Count My Vote in court

Backers of the Count My Vote ballot proposal are set to argue in front of the Utah Supreme Court on Wednesday that the process that blocked them from the ballot is unconstitutional –


Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: County bid preferences help the whole community

Praising free trade, some conservative Utah leaders warn that Trump’s stance on tariffs could put farmers, other exporters out of business

Utah’s biggest individual political donor is a software CEO, helping right-wing GOP causes to the tune of $777K

Rep. Mia Love calls for repeal of the medical device tax helping to fund Obamacare, saying it hurts Utah firms

Deseret News

Editorial: A burning West needs the best ideas to tame its fires

With operations to begin in weeks, Amazon shows off new Utah distribution center

Man with Utah ties who helped terrorist group gets more prison time for trying to kill warden

Rep. Love urges Senate to permanently repeal medical device tax


  • Breaking overnight: A London driver crashed into a barrier outside of Parliament. Officials have arrested him on suspicion of terrorism –
  • Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who sent anti-Trump text messages, has been fired –
  • Former White House advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman claims she secretly recorded Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. The revelation came after she released a recording of President Trump who did not seem to know she had been fired –
  • President Trump required White House staffers to sign a non-disclosure agreement that barred former employees from penning tell-all books –
  • The Trump White House’s use of non-disclosure agreements is unusually aggressive for the federal government –
  • President Trump signed a defense authorization bill named for Sen. John McCain but did not mention’s McCain’s name during the public ceremony –
  • A federal judge appointed by President Trump rules special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is constitutional –
  • The White House is considering rolling back protections for military members who may be targeted by predatory lending practices –
  • An 11-year-old was able to hack into an exact replica of the Florida election website and change vote totals in just 10 minutes –

  • The son of retiring GOP Congressman Bob Goodlatte is roasting his father on Twitter and encouraging his followers to donate to the Democratic candidate seeking to replace him –
  • The West Virginia House of Delegates votes to impeach the entire state supreme court –
  • A 14-year-old is running to be the next governor of Vermont –
  • The FBI is warning that ATM machines may be targeted by a massive malware attack in the next few days –
  • Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” is reportedly in hospice care at her home –


  • 1784 – Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founded the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska on Kodiak Island.
  • 1848 – The Oregon territory is organized by an act of Congress.
  • 1893 – France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.
  • 1912 – U.S. Marines invade Nicaragua to support the U.S.-backed government installed there after Jose Santos Zelaya had resigned three years earlier.
  • 1935 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act.
  • 1945 – Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender in World War II.
  • 1975 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens in London.


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